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PETE PRISCO
Senior NFL Columnist
Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and can be seen throughout the week on CBS Sports' NFL shows. When he's not watching game tape you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
MATCHUP SCORE ANALYSIS
Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014
 
Atlanta
Falcons
27
The Bucs have been lifeless the first two weeks and now must go to Atlanta on a short week. The Falcons didn't play well against the Bengals, but being back home they get the offense cranked up again. Matt Ryan lights up the Bucs.
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
18
 
Sunday, Sep. 21, 2014
 
San Diego
Chargers
21
The Bills are riding high at 2-0, while the Chargers are coming off an impressive victory over Seattle. This is a long trip to play a 1 p.m. game for the Chargers. Even so, they are the better team. I like Philip Rivers to pull this one out late.
Buffalo
Bills
17
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
27
The Eagles are playing on a short week and must face a division foe. It's at home, so that helps. Philadelphia is 2-0, but have they looked that good. Kirk Cousins makes his first start for Washington this season. Eagles take it in a close one.
Washington
Redskins
23
 
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
23
The Titans looked awful last week against Dallas and now must face one of the league's best teams. The Bengals are winning on both lines and that will be an issue here for the Titans. Andy Dalton makes more plays than Jake Locker.
Tennessee
Titans
14
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
23
The Cowboys are playing consecutive road games, but I think they got their running game going against the Titans and it will carry over here. The Rams are having trouble scoring points, and that will be the case again -- even against a bad Dallas defense.
St. Louis
Rams
14
 
 
New York
Giants
26
The Texans are undefeated after two weeks, but this is a second consecutive road game against a desperate team. That's a formula for failure. I think the Giants got the offense going some last week, and it's even better this week. Giants take it.
Houston
Texans
21
 
 
Baltimore
Ravens
21
This is a key division game. Yes, I said it. The Browns did some good things against the Saints last week in pulling off the upset. Baltimore is rested after playing last Thursday. They righted the ship against the Steelers in that one. I think they continue that and take it in a tight one.
Cleveland
Browns
20
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
34
Points, points and more points will show up in this one. The Lions look to be a different team at home, which means better offensively. This will be a shootout, but I think Aaron Rodgers will outduel Matt Stafford.
Detroit
Lions
33
 
 
Indianapolis
Colts
30
The Jaguars are sticking with Chad Henne. That's not a good thing. The Colts are 0-2, but the two teams that beat them are a step above Jacksonville. Andrew Luck comes up big.
Jacksonville
Jaguars
10
 
 
New England
Patriots
31
The Patriots play at home for the first time this season against a Raiders team that hasn't looked good at all this season. This is a long trip and Bill Belichick can eat up rookie quarterbacks like Derek Carr. Blowout.
Oakland
Raiders
10
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
31
To say this is a have-to for the Saints is a little harsh, but it is. They can't go to 0-3. The Vikings will have Adrian Peterson back, but this is a bad spot for them. The Saints will win in a blowout.
Minnesota
Vikings
13
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
17
The Cardinals are undefeated and flying high. San Francisco is coming off a tough loss to the Bears. The Cardinals played the 49ers tough both times last season, and this will be close as well. The difference is the Cardinals will win it.
San Francisco
49ers
14
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
27
The Super Bowl rematch should be a fun one to watch. The Broncos want revenge, but it's hard to get in Seattle. The Seahawks are a different team at home. They will get after Peyton Manning again. Seahawks take it.
Denver
Broncos
24
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
27
The Chiefs played a division game at Denver last week, and now must travel to play a non-division foe on the road. That's tough. The Dolphins looked good at home in their opener against New England, and they will here too. The defensive front gets after Alex Smith.
Kansas City
Chiefs
16
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
20
The Steelers are playing consecutive road games, but they had 10 days between them, which helps. The Panthers have been dominant on defense so far, but I think the Steelers will get it going on offense. Ben Roethlisberger will make some plays outside the pocket to win it.
Carolina
Panthers
17
 
Monday, Sep. 22, 2014
 
New York
Jets
20
Playing consecutive road games is tough to do in the NFL, and that's what the Bears are doing here. The Jets did some good things last week at Green Bay to keep it close. I think they will win a tight one here -- unless somebody calls a bad timeout.
Chicago
Bears
17
 
 
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